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Mistakes in Techniques

From: Tomas Caspers <tcaspers@me.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jun 2010 08:57:27 +0200
To: public-comments-wcag20@w3.org
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Esteemed colleagues,

during the translation of WCAG Techniques into the awful German language [1] we found a few errors or omissions. You may want to correct those in an upcoming release.

Cheers, Tomas

[1] proper attribution goes to a Samuel L. Clemens from Elmira, N.Y.


Here's something missing from the sentence:

"Check that the result of the search of the dictionary for the word,
phrase, or abbreviation the correct definition."


same here:

"Determine if there is at least one link to help information specific to
completing the form on this Web page or other resource."


"The image links to the bottom of the page where there is a section
titles "Description of charts on this page"."

we assume that this is supposed to read "titled":

"The image links to the bottom of the page where there is a section
titled "Description of charts on this page"."


There seems to be a "the" missing (added to THE program)

This limits the amount of supplementary information that can be added to


"Check that the user is giving an indication of the currently selected
item within the navigational unit."

We think this should read:

"Check that the user is GIVEN an indication of the currently selected
item within the navigational unit."


Should't that be "to make it show a larger part"

Users can “zoom in" to view part of the map in greater detail, and can
“zoom out" to make the show a larger part of the city.


"The developer can uses online or off-line validators (including
validation tools built into editors) to check the validity of the XML



The link to http://www.alistapart.com/stories/doctype/ is broken, this is most probably the right one: http://www.alistapart.com/articles/doctype/

"Fix Your Site With the Right DOCTYPE! by Jeffrey Zeldman explains what
HTML and XHTML doctypes work and what their effect is on the rendering
mode of a few browsers."


There's one by ("by by URI") too much:

"XML Schema Validator by Christoph Schneegans is an online tool that
allows you to validate XML (and XHTML) files by by URI, by file upload,
by direct input of complete XML documents, and by direct input of XML
code fragments."


Here's one quote sign (messages.") that doesn't belog there:

"When the user submits a form, instead of taking them to a new page, a
script automatically sets focus to a text link that says "Errors have
occurred." The link goes to the first item in an ordered list of
descriptive error messages." Each list item is a link to the control
where the error had occurred."


There's one has ("has is") too much:

"Check that there is a link to each field that has is missing required
data from the missing data message"


We think there should be a full stp or at least a smicolon after CAPTCHA:

"The purpose of this technique is to provide information via the text
alternative that identifies the non-text content as a CAPTCHA tests
often involve asking the user to type in text that is presented in an
obscured image or audio file."


a bit of a mixup (singular vs. plural):

Example 1: Author specifies neither text color nor background.
They also do not use CSS.


*an* address:

"It may, for instance, require written notice be sent to a address listed
on the Web page."


Here's something missing:

"The button is positioned right after the text field so that it is clear
to the user that the text field where to enter the search term"


"The button is positioned right after the text field so that it is
clear to the user that THIS IS the text field where to enter the search


"The best way to avoid this problem is to create text layout that is
fully justified."

Is this really what is meant here? Fully justified text? Or did you mean flush left / ragged right?


"For most technologies, simply leave out any alignment declarations.
For example, the following text will be justified to the left by default
in HTML where the language of the page is right to left."

Given the following example, this should be left to right, not right to left.


*a* grey whale 

"A Web page from an grey whale conservation society has a looping
background sound of grey whales singing."


This sentence does not compute:

"Open the version of the media that important visual details that cannot
be understood from the main soundtrack alone."


"Then, when the user re-authenticates, the server can use the information
passed on from the re-authentication page to submit the form directly or
to present a page that includes the data that is will be submitted for

Suggestion: either "that will be submitted for review" or "that is submitted for


"The difference is that because this technique is about the ability for
users to tell the difference (a noticeable difference) between different
pieces of text whereas the contrast ratio used in success criterion
1.4.3 and 1.4.6 is about the readability of the text with its background
for different color and vision disabilities."

We think the "because" should be dropped, otherwise the following "whereas" doesn't make any sense.


Determine if instructions are provided at the top of the form about the
expected format each of the form controls identified in 1

Here's either an "of" missing ("format of each of the form controls"), or a verb at the end.


If the user clicks on the link the suggested term is enered into the
form field and is resubmitted.

Here's a "t" missing in entered.


The purpose of this technique is to help for users with cognitive
disabilities, blindness and vision loss to understand what will happen
when they interact with a function on a Web page.

This should read "… is to help users with cognitive …"


At the bottom of the page their is a link that also goes to the Contact
Us page.


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